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it is a whistleblower edward snowden charged with espionage in the u.s. washington now seeking help to get him from hong kong where he's been in hiding. leaks from snowden's pile up with the latest revelation showing the u.k. has been tapping the phone calls internet traffic around the world to secretly collect and store huge amounts of data. and u.n. experts skeptical about washington's claims that syria's government used chemical weapons saying evidence falls short of conclusive proof. four pm in moscow why matter as a good to have you with us here on r.t. our top story the u.s. government's filed criminal charges against edward snowden the man who told the
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world of the scope of america's global surveillance network washington wants help now from hong kong officials because snowden's been hiding in the chinese territory since unleashing his revelations about the n.s.a. artie's guy has more edward snowden has been charged with espionage theft and conversion of government property now the u.s. justice department has also reportedly asked hong kong to address that word snowden the united states has an extradition treaty with hong kong and snowden could fight extradition if he's arrested there but the treaty has an exception for political offenses so snowden's defense team in hong kong may potentially invoke that part of the extradition treaty edward snowden's revelations as we all know have shed unprecedented light on the u.s. government's massive spying program he revealed that even if you're not doing anything wrong you're being watched and recorded and the obama administration has prosecuted more whistleblower. under the espionage act than all previous
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administrations combined but edward snowden. says it's not government persecution that he fears he said the greatest fear that i have regarding these revelations is that nothing will change prosecutors have two months to file an indictment and try to bring snowden to the u.s. for trial the whistleblower himself can challenge the extradition request in the hong kong court political commentator sam sachs think snowden has the upper hand over other information leakers because his actions garnered plenty of public support. this is what snowden was expecting i mean he went to hong kong he's been very vocal that is he's fully expecting the government to come down harsh on him like they've come down on all whistleblowers over the last few years but snowden has a leg up on a lot of these whistleblowers and that's the fact that he released these documents he made himself public he went out he made his case for why he released these documents so this is going to be played out in the public eye on like say what happened to bradley manning who was picked up never had
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a chance to defend himself in the public eye and has just been sitting in prison that's going to probably complicate the government's case against snowden is that we know why he did this and there's a lot of support behind him doing this this is the eighth time that a whistleblower has been charged by the obama administration under the espionage act the government so far has been unable whether it's thomas drake john kiriakou or right now with the bradley manning trial show how any of these leaks have resulted in espionage or have hurt americans the national security of of the united states. if you have a busy hunting whistleblower on the run edward snowden it has been spying plot to investigate as well chinese dissident chen guangcheng receiving a whole pile of high tech gifts when he arrived in the u.s. last year little did he know his new gadgets were loaded with bugs our reports on these allegations coming up a little later. but first revelations about global surveillance
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programs has the u.k. spy agency in the spotlight now it's been collecting and storing huge amounts of sensitive personal data from on line and telephone traffic and sharing it with u.s. partners or these tests are cilia looks at the latest leaks from n.s.a. whistleblower edward snowden. certainly a new twists and it reveals a vast and compassing program operation in place by the few here in the u.k. it shows that they have been a collecting and storing vast quantities of information ranging from facebook posts to phone calls as well as internet even internet histories basically they have had access to fiber optic cables that carry the world's phone calls if you remember even the n.s.a. said that they did not record phone calls but according to these latest revelations by edward snowden that up to six hundred million quote unquote telephone events last year were recorded a day by you can imagine the vast amount of data that they are now able to tap into
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to store and to analyze and share with the u.s. as a national security agency or the n.s.a. if you look at the documents at snowden have provided the titles of some of the main components were mastering the internet or global telecom exploitation clearly there's no doubt as to what the objectives of these programs were having put them in the place and also the fact that the technology exists right now and that there have been in place for the last eighteen months is really a terrifying thought for private citizens because this kind of vast an encompassing kind of technology does not distinguish between innocent private citizens and targeted suspects and that has brought up a concern of course of security versus infringement of privacy and also there's another point to be made here that the guardian believes that reported that about the people who had access to the. database were about eight hundred fifty thousand and it's a employees and private contractors with a top security clearance that's a lot of people with access to private information of u.k.
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citizens and beyond and also according to edward snowden the g c h q have been even worse than the u.s. in their spying efforts here. the n.s.a. nor the u.k. g c h q of so far commented on the report all they've said previously is that the work of strictly legal authorized and proportionate there is a growing sense that the very concept of privacy is under threat as dr katherine albrecht a spokesperson for the alternative search engine start page explains. i think if we start going down this road of saying that it anyplace people are where there is privacy and they need to be watched by the government then we get to the point where we will not have private hotel rooms we will not even have private bedrooms or private showers in our own homes and eventually you know we're going to have nostril cams looking up our noses cell i think it's some point we've got to say just like the founding fathers of the united states said in the in the bill of rights no you can't go rifling through a law abiding citizens privacy just because on the options someone might commit a crime down the road truly if if law enforcement wants to find people who are
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doing bad things it's not looking for the people who are going online looking things up it's really the people who are doing bad actions and i think that mindset that everyone needs to be watched is how we've gotten into the trouble that we're in right now with the n.s.a. creating backdoor so that they can watch three hundred million americans and literally hundreds of millions or billions of people around the world to see what they're searching for when they go onto the search engines the exposé of the british spy agency's data collection has been a cause for a huge debate make sure you join the conversation on our team's facebook page many of you see these global spire ablations as another step towards an orwellian society some people also wondering when the steps that they can take to stop a world wide surveillance that they consider organized crime on a global scale many others aren't surprised at the revelations you can join the debate and share your thoughts the address is facebook dot com slash our team news wall so we have on our web site r.t.
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dot com i was usual we're asking you what you think about this issue and to take part in our online poll so far here's how everything is stacking up so far in terms of this and it's a prism program in the spying revelations seventy two percent say it's unacceptable nineteen percent say they have no opinion on the issue seven percent say less than ten percent think you can be justified but only if the collected data is really used to catch terrorists. data collection problem people say they have nothing to hide but what do you think.
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rejected washington's claims that syria's government used chemical weapons saying it wasn't convinced u.s. accusations were followed by a decision to provide weapons to fighters the friends of syria group of. opposition meeting and decide how to arm the rebels. united nations experts say that they do not confirm the claims put forward by the united states britain and france that the damascus regime used chemical weapons against the syrian rebels they said that despite the fact that these three countries collected evidence on the ground such as blood tissue and soil samples it is inconclusive and that they would have to send their own investigators to conduct a personal investigation inside syria this is what the u.n. had to say we cannot say what the what the weapons were that we cannot say what the agents were you know about weapons we can see who used them and we cannot say how
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they were even delivered we cannot find anything concrete so you are casting serious ground into what the west has supplied the u.n. . the u.s. the british the french supplied what they say is verifiable proof they have they haven't but it's important to note that based on these unsubstantiated claims by the united states britain and france that aside used chemical weapons last week the american president barack obama ordered the cia to start supplying weapons to the syrian rebels he said to quote him that the damascus regime had crossed a red line sit by washington today saturday a core group of eleven foreign ministers who make up the so-called friends of soviet meeting in doha it comes a week after the countries met in ankara and at that meeting the free syrian army appealed for more military aid calling for heavy weapons now the russian president
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vladimir putin has reiterated that any supply of weapons to the syrian rebels is in violation of international law and he has warned that it will only for a bit destabilize the situation on the ground to do so but it's though i can barely understand why one would supply arms to the rebel groups in syria when we don't even know who those groups consist of if washington acknowledges one of the key boaties of the opposition forces refer and as a terrorist organization officially and admits its links to al qaida how can they then debate that same opposition where would those weapons and dump. the point that the russian president makes that we do not know who composes the opposition and way these weapons will end up is a point that is raising concern in the international community for twenty seven months this conflict has been going on and at this stage it seems to be showing no signs of letting up paula see on t.v. on these weighty syrian border. meanwhile the u.s.
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has left around seven hundred troops in jordan after a training exercise president obama said it was done at the request of jordan's government political analyst says they should think twice if they're going to arm fighters in syria as well. i think the west is not really learning about the consequences of arming people this is by no means you know an attempt to end a bloody struggle in syria in fact it's going to do quite the opposite this has been going all along you know since the early eighty's they don't want to stop because the the objectives of arming those people have got nothing to do with the remote check it was a cheat to get rid of a government that doesn't obey what the west or the united states says. go ahead this hour the voice of the streets in brazil becoming too out to ignore the government promising new reforms and changes an attempt and days of violence that are and golfing the nation all those details still to come.
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dogs comb. thanks for staying with us here with me matt très a fourteen minutes past the hour now brazil's president dilma rousseff has announced a slew of reforms and a televised address to the country the number of people protesting over her economic policy and the high cost of staging the world cup swelled to more than a million her speech which broke a week of near silence propose to reform public transport and use all oil royalties for education in the sign that she's listening to the voices on the streets artie's ignacio biller reports from brazil. reports of a second day in massive protests all over brasil adding more anger and violence to
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their ongoing rallies the first victim an eighteen years old demonstrator died in the state of south paolo after car crashed through a barricade and the driver fled at least sixty people have been injured brazil is witnessing historic rallies taking place across the country and some estimates say from one to two million people deluded the streets of more than one hundred cities what started as a rally over transport first house turned into a violent mass demonstration and police crackdown police used tear gas paper spray and rubber bullets some of the protesters threw stones to torch cars and pulled down cause in real crowds marched against corruption police brutality poor public services and excessive spending on the world cup their banners called for change saying like stop corruption and government failure to understand education will
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lead to revolution crowds could gathered in the capital brasilia try to torch the building of the foreign ministry were also met with a harsh police response brazilian authorities agreed to make a step forward and drop they are moved over but first increase but protesters claim it's too little too late with protests fevers printing fast across the nation demonstrators promised in the next days there will be more protests journalist and blogger maria zero seven he says the inability of the government to handle the enormous social inequality is fueling the a protest i would compare for much of the situation in chile a few years ago in trains were protesting against the high price for education that has a massive middle class which brazil has just gotten after fifty years of successful achievement of big achievement for really driving forty million people out of poverty and other things i would. that this is the first revolt of the middle class
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of a classic middle class in a certain way for decades and people are wondering if they could get better services and they could get better education better and better health it is not exactly above the economy because brazil's pretty much living through full employment and it's not doing that terribly compared to european countries i would say the protests in brazil they cook for a very long but then when they happen lots of issues and this is the biggest one in all of time in a long long time so most of the issues brought about now are basically discontent with how government works. you know when green flags flame tear gas and police brutality wash before portrait of brazil's arrest on our you tube channel there right now to catch all the videos that we've lined up for you. guys are in the states and herbert think the crisis in brazil is not just a matter of isolated problems but part of the sheep game being played by global bankers take a listen. i want to show an image here that i think really captures what's going on
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around the world it says brazil woke up and you know in the past few weeks in brazil we've seen up to two hundred fifty thousand people out in the streets protesting and they're protesting transportation health services education and security despite the heavy tax burden though those are all declining for them because of the banks or occupation because the crime wave over the past few years the past few decades by the banks years has gone on punished right on this stacey we introduced the idea of the global. against banker occupation we saw the arab spring we saw the wisconsin we see it in detroit we see it in europe we see it in greece now we see it in brazil it's in south america now it is truly becoming a global insert action this is the first global insurrection in history we've other revolutions but this is the first global. against banking occupation you can go to for kaiser report in about ten minutes so stay with tune after the
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news broadcast for that. well renowned chinese dissident chen guangcheng is allegedly been spied on electronic equipment he got as a gift on arrival in the u.s. were bugged with tracking devices he got that from activist group china aid which denies responsibility has asked the f.b.i. to look into the matter artie's marine important. just a few weeks following revelations about america's prism spying program on another surveillance story is on folding this one surrounding chinese activist chen guangcheng the blind decide to move to the u.s. last may with his family after reportedly escaping a dramatic house arrest in china treated as a hero and symbol of democracy chen received a fellowship at n.y.u. new york university he also received an apartment in the greenwich village and many tech gadgets that were donated by his supporters but now according to reuters
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a smartphone an i pod that chen received upon arriving to new york was loaded with it in spine software allegedly used to spy on the self-taught lawyer and why you technicians inspected the electronics reportedly finding software that allowed a third party to secretly connect to a g.p.s. that was able to track him according to reports also there's been published reports indicating that there was a hit in password protected software that backed up all the contents on his i pad and or i phone and that allowed the contents to be remotely access to buy a server according to reports at least three other electronic devices given to china also included suspicious software but it is not clear who is responsible for the allegedly spying software however what chen supporters say is clear is that a man who gained international recognition for standing up for human rights in
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china comes to america where he allegedly finds himself living under a veil of surveillance reporting from new york. r.t. for. a look at some other stories making global headlines tens of thousands of workers from across italy went on strike in rome against austerity measures and high unemployment. they urged reforms benefiting the young in changes to safeguard workers forced into a tyrant without pensions the e.u. countries suffering its longer to recession since records began and has suffered many similar protests of late. are you one people arrested during anti-government protests in turkey's two major cities on current istanbul bringing the total number of detained for rioting to fifty five most of them charged with damaging public property meanwhile the turkish capital has been rattled by a fresh wave of unrest with police using water cannons and tear gas against crowds the popular unrest has been going on for more than three weeks and it's claimed so
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far five lives. in canada's oil copyable calgary troops have been deployed to cope with the worst flooding the city has seen in decades at least three people killed as many as one hundred thousand evacuated after a year's worth of rain fell in just thirty six hours rivers flooded the city's roads and bridges causing traffic gridlock the area's oilfields of pipelines have so far not been affected. civilians and one police officer killed in northern iraq after a suicide bomber rammed a vehicle into a police patrol the blast left six other people wounded al qaeda and other militant groups have increased their strength in the region where similar attacks have been on the rise in recent months pakistan's new government facing a lot of challenges terror attacks drone strikes and sectarian strife issues like a huge shortfall in energy usually pushed to the sidelines because artie's lewsey caffein of explains how authorities are struggling to even deal with that. business
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is far from booming at this textile mill in pakistan several times each day the machines come to a halt there's simply not enough power to keep them running forcing them to sit idle for up to fourteen hours a day the mill has resorted to burning wood to keep up production but for a factory employing four thousand people it's an unsustainable solution this is to be affecting the number of people you can employ you must provide jobs and job creation can you have than if you have energy and energy is personally what pakistan lacks the country of almost one hundred eighty million people has been plagued by power cuts that have grown longer and more frequent in recent years about two thirds of pakistan's energy comes from oil and gas but there's not enough fuel to go around most cars here are run a natural gas but widespread shortages often leave drivers queuing up at the pump for hours the power crisis has also played a major role in helping industrial take hoon na washer we've defeat the ruling
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party in the recent election. it's a tragedy that a country with atomic weapons is deprived of electricity and has no electricity for even twenty hours a day how can a country develop in such a situation so called load shedding means people and businesses can't function those who can afford it turn to a battery run electricity by using a device called u.p.s. it's enough to keep a few lights and ceiling fans on but just barely across pakistan countless people are struggling to get by because of the energy crisis businesses large and small are desperate for an increase in energy supply in hard hit areas like this one the geopolitics of where pakistan turns to in order to get those supplies is hardly a top concern q iran the islamic republic has plenty of natural gas reserves which pakistan is eager to consume and after nearly twenty years the two countries inaugurated a gas pipeline that would let pakistan do just that the project aims to bring a million cubic feet of gas to pakistan each day from iran's offshore south park's
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field in the persian gulf this is the same. best thing which has happened to box on the last sixty six systems it will be a major step towards providing cost effective solution and a solution which will allow pakistan to be actually connected to the global energy guest recess but there are serious doubts about how pakistan could finance the one point five billion dollars needed to build its portion of the pipeline and there's another hurdle washington has threatened to slap islam abroad with sanctions over the project if this deal is finalized for a proposed iran pakistan pipeline it would raise serious concerns under our around sanctions act we've made that absolutely clear to our pakistani counterparts the americans are pushing for a rival plan for u.s. backed pipeline from turkmenistan instead but u.s. opposition isn't the only hurdle realistically i don't think that's ever going to happen because if you look at the geopolitical you look at the forces that are
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posed to it it's not just the united states it's opposed to it it's also saudi arabia it's also the it's also got the. new prime minister is you know quite how the least historically has been i don't see the it on pakistan going through it remains to be seen whether the pipeline will be sidelined by geopolitics but for the people here there's little choice but to put up with the inconvenience and wait in line to see caffein of pakistan if you miss something on earth you can always catch up our headlines and much much more online here's a quick look at what's on r t dot com for you right now just imagine having a nice useful dinner with your family one suddenly out of the blue a car smashes into your kitchen is breathtaking pictures caught by c.c.t.v. in australia visit artes you tube channel for another look luckily everyone survived their supper without a scratch though an immediate hole relic. really goes old town apparently houses
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the law to be in president and it's indulged in flames for more on the pictures. in the stories you can find it all at r.t. . after a break as promised max kaiser talks about the financial side of the brazilian protests. you know what's worse than a corrupt bureaucrat a crook bureaucrat who sucks at being corrupt a scumbag bureaucrat in veronese russia just couldn't help himself and put some very hefty charges for services contracts for road repair and construction in just three years he was able to take enough of a percentage off of these contracts though investigators raided his house he had the equivalent of over three million dollars in russian money all over his home news not mail dot ru claims he had entire laundry hampers and twenty five kilogram
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sugar sex filled to the brim with box first off when someone is this flagrant that means that he felt rather comfortable and not getting caught so there are plenty more of these guys out there but second this is an absolute slap in the face to russia taxpayers who are hungry for new roads i think for instance it's a flagrant in your face obvious crush corruption russia might need to reconsider that moratorium on the death penalty but that's just my opinion. welcome to the kaiser report i'm max kaiser you know the u.k. banking standards commission says that bankers behaving badly should possibly
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one day maybe in the far distant future perhaps face jail for reckless misconduct in the meantime that same state today right now treats those protesting the ongoing crime wave of those same bankers behaving badly like this in oakland pepper spray any stumble all pepper spray in brazil pepper spray no court no churches just summary execution pepper spray to the face this year the global insurrection against banker occupation has spread to east down to stacey max indeed as we are in the city of london when you see all these protests going on around the world whether it's been in athens or cairo or now it's tumble in brazil you see lines of riot police perimeter fences and pepper spray and tear gas wire the banker is a.